Domestic Abuse Against Men in Scotland

DescriptionThe research aimed to estimate the prevalence and examine the nature of domestic abuse against men by their partner or ex-partner in Scotland.
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David Gadd, Stephen Farrall,
Damian Dallimore & Nancy Lombard
Dept of Criminology
Keele University
Staffs. ST5 5BG
Tel: 01782 583598
Email: d.r.gadd@keele.ac.uk

The Scottish Executive Central
Research Unit 2002

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
Structure of the report
CHAPTER ONE - LITERATURE REVIEW
Feminist perspectives on domestic abuse
'Family violence' research
Recent crime surveys
The British and Scottish Crime Surveys
Other assaults and homicides in the UK
Domestic abuse prevalence rates in
the USA and Canada
Qualitative studies of male victims
'Battered husbands' in the
North-West of England
Male victims in Northern Ireland
Abused men in the US
Abused men in Australia and New Zealand
Gay men's experiences of domestic abuse
Summary
CHAPTER TWO - DOMESTIC ABUSE
AGAINST MEN RECORDED BY THE
SCOTTISH POLICE

Introduction
The Scottish Police data base
Uses and limitations of the data
Rates of domestic abuse recorded
by the Scottish Police
Sex of victims and perpetrators
Male victims and the sex of their
assailants by police area
The distribution of ages for
victim and perpetrator
Relationship between victim
and perpetrator
Previous experiences of domestic
abuse for male and female victims
Classification of incidents as
'not crimes or offences'
Types of crimes and offences
Police action
Why are incidents against male
victims less likely to be referred to
the Procurator Fiscal?
Summary
CHAPTER THREE - MALE VICTIMS IN
THE SCOTTISH CRIME SURVEY 2000

The main sweep of the
Scottish Crime Survey 2000
The SCS self-completion questionnaire
Estimating incidents reported to the police
Safety, substances and the presence
of children
Income, health and housing
Summary
CHAPTER FOUR - ABUSED MEN'S
PERSPECTIVES

Introduction
Retracing male victims
Qualitative interviewing methodology
Reasons for inaccurate reports of
abuse in the SCS 2000
Men who had been abused by partners
Primary instigators
Equal combatants
Retaliators
Non-retaliatory victims
Summary
CHAPTER FIVE - SERVICE PROVISION
FOR MALE VICTIMS

Introduction
The Police
Domestic Abuse Forums and
Working Groups
Couple Counselling in Scotland
Victim Support in Scotland
Specialist organisations providing
services for gay men
Campaigning groups for Men's Rights
Specialist organisations providing s
ervices for male victims of domestic and
sexual assault
Summary
CHAPTER SIX - SUMMARY AND
CONCLUSIONS

APPENDIX A - THE
REPRESENTATIVENESS OF OUR
SUB-SAMPLE

Differences between the
'confirmers' and 'refuters'
APPENDIX B - RE-ESTIMATING
RATES OF MALE VICTIMISATION

APPENDIX C - IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW
GUIDES

Narrative interview guide
Questionnaire about contact with
service providers
APPENDIX D - CASE SUMMARIES
Primary instigators
Adam
Equal combatants
Barry
Charlie
Daniel
Eddie
Retaliators
Frank
Gary
Harry
Ivan
Jimmy
Kenny
Liam
Michael
Non-retaliatory victims
Neil
Oliver
Patrick
Robert
Simon
Trevor
Vince
Warren
Zac
APPENDIX E - QUESTIONNAIRE
FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

REFERENCES

TABLES AND FIGURES

TABLE 1.1 DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND ABUSE
IN THE SCS AND BCS 1996
TABLE 2.1 INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
IN TERMS OF THE SEX OF THE VICTIM
AND PERPETRATOR
TABLE 2.2 INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC
ABUSE INVOLVING MALE VICTIMS BY
SCOTTISH POLICE AREA
TABLE 2.3 THE RATES OF POLICE ACTION
BY THE SEXES OF THEVICTIM/PERPETRATOR
FIGURE 2.1 THE AGE DISTRIBUTION OF
MALE AND FEMALE VICTIMS RECORDED
BY THE POLICE
FIGURE 2.2 INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC
ABUSE 'NO CRIMED' IN SCOTLAND BY
GENDER OF VICTIM AND POLICE FORCE AREA
FIGURE 2.3 TYPES OF CRIMES COMMITTED
AGAINST MALE VICTIMS
FIGURE 2.4 TYPES OF CRIMES COMMITTED
AGAINST FEMALE VICTIMS
FIGURE 2.5 ACTION TAKEN BY THE POLICE
BY POLICE FORCE AREA
FIGURE 3.1 NATURE OF FORCE BY GENDER
OF VICTIM
FIGURE 4.1 CONTACTING SCS RESPONDENTS
FIGURE 4.2 RESPONSES OF TRACED SAMPLE

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

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